Interview with Bayard Rustin
QUESTION 25
INTERVIEWER:

THE FOUR DAYS FOLLOWING THE MARCH, THE FIVE DAYS FOLLOWING THE MARCH, STILL IT MUST HAVE BEEN A FEELING OF SUCCESS AND ACCOMPLISHMENT.

Bayard Rustin:

Well, I think there is no doubt about that, because all of the newspapers throughout the country had described the march as perhaps the most brilliant day in American history as far as the effort to achieve social change was concerned. They all said it had been orderly: not a single person was arrested in Washington that day; not a single person was drunk that day, or picked up for drunkenness. Not a single penny of money was used of the city or the state, of any state for welfare for people who got lost or who had to get money to get home—with the exception of one or two people who had gotten sick from the heat. There were no major problems of any kind. Even when the Ku Klux Klan--they were simply surrounded and told to leave and they left.